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(necessary for bread rising). What
it might do in large concentrations in a formula being extruded
is not well documented. Further,
because germination is a wet
and warm process, there could
be an increase in microbial
(pathogen) growth. So, there is
a safety concern. This has all but
destroyed the alfalfa sprout business. But for the sprouted seed
and malt flours, the drying or kiln
step would provide sufficient heat
to kill the vegetative microorganism and avoid this as an issue.
While there is application in a
pet food, very little information is
published regarding its use. The
research in this area of malted
grain in human and lab animals
is limited, and most of the studies
are bench-top and/or in vitro data.
The benefit from the germination can vary depending on the
seed, process and level used.
These newly liberated nutrients
can influence the food process,
the final product attributes, the
sensory qualities of the food, and
its nutrition and healthfulness. So,
validation and targeting specific
attributes is important.
Most cereals, pseudocereals
and legume seeds are available
as sprouted grain or malt. So, the
options are wide and varied. The
judicious use of sprouted grains
and/or malt may provide new
avenues to attract pet owners
and remove some of the concerns
in the marketplace regarding
grains. Further, they have the
potential to add a new layer of
ingredient options to diets for
dogs and cats. ■
Industry September 2017
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